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Nigerians Should be Committed to Righteousness – Yemi Osinbajo



Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo delivers a message of hope at the Freedom RallyThe Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said on Friday in Abuja that although Nigeria had people who could pray, they lacked commitment to righteousness.

He made the remark at a Special Banquet to mark the 20th anniversary of Nigeria Prays, the pet project of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.

Osinbajo said that if the citizens truly believed in and walked in the ways of Jesus Christ whom they profess to adore and stood up for the truth, righteousness and justice, the country would clearly witness a turn-around.

According to him, there is the need to pray to God always but it is more important that Christians turn away from evil in order to make the country great.

“If we want to be a nation that can feed its people, we must turn from evil ways and work for righteousness. When our pulpits preach righteousness, our people will rise up and become salts of the earth; Christians will stand up and be honest if we preach righteousness in the pulpit,’’ he said.

Osinbajo said that preachers had failed to tell the people that it was wrong to take bribe or accept money from government officials, adding that nations that followed the principles of scripture had emerged great.

He said prayer and fasting were good, but that they were not enough to lift the country except the citizens turned away from evil.

“The principles of hard work, integrity and innovation are things that made other countries great and they are all in the gospel and if we follow the principles, we can be great,’’ he stressed.

The vice president extolled the virtues of honesty, integrity and hard work of Gowon and urged Nigerians, especially leaders to emulate him.

Earlier, Gowon said that the group had spent the past 20 years praying for the healing of the country.

He said that passage of time had not diluted the vision of Nigeria Prays group.

“It has been an eventful journey to prepare a highway for God in our nation.

By His grace, we have succeeded in laying a solid spiritual foundation for national reflections and intercessions.

Through prayers, rallies, seminars, Nigeria Prays has created an opportunity for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, irrespective of denominational affiliation and religious background,’’ he said.

According to the former head of state, we have to continue to promote the virtues of patriotism and transparency in the citizenry and good governance and incorruptibility in leadership.

He said that in spite of how much Nigerians had prayed to exit difficulties, a lot needed to be done and expressed optimism that the Holy Spirit would lead the way for the nation to be healed.

A cleric, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, in a sermon said that Gowon was an exemplary leader and urged others to be patriotic and avoid partisanship so as to help in building bridges for development and unity of the country.

He prayed that God would lift Nigeria and its leaders up and heal the country from the harm of corruption.

The event was used to present a book on Gowon titled “God’s Praying General’’ and launch of a N2 billion fund for the building of Nigeria Prays Centre.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. bruno

    October 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

    yes, u guys are praying but u are not praying hard enough, typical christain mentality. religion is like cancer that eats the brain.

    pray all u want, nigeria isnt going to get better. china, japan they dont know jesus or muhammad but look at them today. they control the world’s economy.

    Sweden, 80 percent of the population don’t practice religion. but look at them, Sweden is the one of the most peaceful countries in the world, low unemployment rate, best country to be a woman, best Country to have children, safest country etc.

    nigeria continue in ur stupidity. when is it going to get into the thick skulls of many nigerians , prayer doesnt solve anything. its a lazy man that prays, a hard working man, works. ask bill gates amd mark Zuckerberg they will gist u. we africans use to be so smart, we built the pyramids, now look at us today, all we do is pray pray pray. continue.

  2. Noni

    October 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I don’t know if Osinbajo practices what he preaches (I hope he does). But he is certainly right. Nigeria sadly is a country that’s very hypocritical. We profess to love Jesus from now till tomorrow but don’t follow after his ways and heart. We pray, pray, pray but don’t pursue after righteousness. We go to church but our hearts are not truly chasing after the things of Christ, we are steady chasing after the things of this world and all unrighteousness.

    Let’s walk the talk. Let’s pray and chase after righteousness. Let’s do away with greediness in all its different shapes and forms, let’s work hard (but don’t get carried away by wanting more, more, more). Let’s take care of our poor. Let’s let justice prevail.

    Let our pulpits preach righteousness. Yes! Let our preachers start preaching the hard truth for people who claim to love Jesus.

    My God is still alive and he isn’t going anywhere, so I will continue to believe in Nigeria & continue to believe that we will change our ways (all of us, from government officials to citizens) & I believe that God will heal our land.

    • Josh

      October 17, 2016 at 2:44 am

      The only sensible comment, God bless you

  3. yemite

    October 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Pastor!! Lolzzz

  4. Mohammad

    October 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    What the flock has righteousness got to do with good governance in a secular society? This is nothing other than a useless diversionary tactic. My friend #faceyafront and do the work we elected you to. Nonsense.


    October 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Mr. Vice President you are not a righteous man neither. Stop the bull. That’s the trick Nigerian leaders use to fool fellow Nigerians. Ask Fellow Nigerians to pray. Prayer my ass. By the time they open their eyes all the money is gone. The same Prayer Nigerians has been praying since attaining Independence. What has that gotten us. We need to start causing you all our past and current leaders for putting the Country through all these nonesence. Maybe you’ll all stop these let us pray nonesence. Until Nigerians wise up against all these yeye, selfish, religion baiting leaders before Nigeria will grow. Are we going to eat prayers. Implement job creating programs and leave religion and prayer out of National building.. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

  6. nnenne

    October 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    After 20 years of praying ,what happened??

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